How To Dress For The Spring Racing Carnival
Don’t let the jockeys be the only men at the racetrack letting their true colours fly. Here are eight simple steps for dressing like a winner this Spring Racing Carnival.
Do wear polished lace-ups
Forget all that rubbish about “oxfords over brogues” from the style-over-substance Kingsman movie. Either will do. Give your sneakers and loafers a rest and step out in style by lacing up. Our Drummond Perforated Lace Up Shoe, Bourbon Lace Up and Trump Lace Up are ideal.
Don’t wear your office suit
That suit you save for knocking them dead in the boardroom won’t cut it at the track. The races are all about celebrating and taking risks, so your suit choice should reflect that. A nipped waist, bold colour (our blue Randwick Suit is everything this season) or even our Costello Velvet Jacket will win admiration in The Birdcage.
Do plain perfectly
If you’re scared of clashing prints and confused by shirt and tie combinations, then go back to basics. Instead of wearing a black shirt with a black tie and looking like a gangster from a Quentin Tarantino film, or a navy tie and white shirt and looking like… everyone else, go back to school. Try our silver Marquee Suit with our plain Tobias Dress Shirt in white and plain charcoal tie.
Don’t treat race wear like fancy dress
I’m not just talking about the yahoos in the car park who think that wearing a lime green suit that could burst into flames within one metre of an e-cigarette is the height of hilarity. Too many men think that donning a hat or an outlandish tie is stylish. It’s not. Stop it.
Don’t ignore grooming
You’re wearing a suit so the spray tan can wait for your next music festival, but there’s still some necessary upkeep. Head to your barber a week before heading to the races to give your new ’do time to settle in. The look? A low fade with volume on top – no man buns.
Do know your button game
If your suit has two buttons, only use the top one. For a three button suit follow the “sometimes, always, never” rule, starting from the top button. With double-breasted suits the bottom button is mostly left undone. And if you’re rocking a three-piece suit (please do) keep the bottom button of your vest undone.
Don’t ignore the themes
Derby Day has a black-and-white theme so feel free to add some ’50s flair to your look – a simple black Theroux Suit, white shirt and black tie combination with a white pocket square.
Cup Day is all about colour. Experiment with accessories and make sure you have all the elements working perfectly in sync: bright tie, pocket square, cuff links, and tan leather accessories work best with the lighter shade suit.
Oaks Day is Ladies Day so keep things pared back and let her shine. Don’t forget your fresh pink rose. The days official flower.
Stakes Day is more of a family day but that’s no excuse for letting your dad-bod loose. A less structured navy jacket and sand chino combination is perfect.
Do buy yourself flowers
For your buttonhole that is. Derby Day requires a cornflower, for Cup Day wear a yellow rose, on Oaks Day try a pink rose and save a red rose for Stakes Day.